Scorpions look to rebound
Jamaica Scorpions will be seeking their first win in the Regional 4-Day competition when they take on the Windward Islands Volcanoes in their day/night encounter at Sabina Park. The match is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
The Scorpions will enter today’s contest under the guidance of interim coach, the former Jamaica and West Indies spinner Robert Haynes who has called on the players to play smart cricket and take a disciplined approach to the game. The local players are desperate to do well after being skittled out in a run chase by hosts Barbados Pride.
Chasing a mere 107 for victory, the Scorpions folded badly to be dismissed for 67 at the Three W’s Oval in Barbados.
However, the team is expected to lift their performance in this their second match as they have been boosted by the return of all-rounders Rovman Powell and Fabian Allen and exciting fast bowler Oshane Thomas who recently competed for the West Indies during their tour of Bangladesh last month.
The Scorpions team also includes Guyanese player Assad Fuddadin, as well as experienced players Jermaine Blackwood, Chadwick Walton, Nikita Miller, captain Paul Palmer and John Campbell.
Haynes said his players are very focused and ready to put on a good show against the Volcanoes.
"My job is to help them play as best as possible, and once I can get 100 per cent effort from these youngsters, I am sure they'll do great things. It is just to get everything right so that when we go into the game on Friday, we can challenge the Windwards and beat them," Haynes said on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Andre Coley, head coach of the Windward Islands Volcanoes, who are coming off a victory over the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, said they are very optimistic ahead of today’s clash.
"We are very confident and the atmosphere in the camp is very positive,” said Coley, a former Jamaica wicketkeeper and left-handed batsman. “We have been gelling as a squad for the better part of six months to a year and so as a team, we are very positive about performing well consistently in each day of the match and leaving with a positive result,” he said.
However, Coley pointed out that he will not be taking their opponents lightly.
“We are expecting a tough match from them because if you look at their line-up, I am sure that the Jamaican selectors will have a problem selecting the final 11 and that is a good problem to have because they have a strong 13-man squad,” said Coley.
The Volcanoes team will be led by captain Kirk Edwards, and also includes veteran batsman Devon Thomas.
The teams shared the home and away matches in the last Regional 4-day competition. The Scorpions defeated the Volcanoes by 10 wickets in their home match before falling to a 118-run loss in the Windward Islands.